Manchester United fans have been reacting on Twitter to the news that Nicky Butt has been promoted to Head of First Team Development, per the club’s official website.
The change has been made as the club continue to reshape their backroom staff and will mean the legend will work closely with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In a statement on the club’s official website, United said that Butt will report directly to his former team-mate and is responsible for creating “a seamless journey for young players stepping up to the next level”.
Butt has already played a key role for Manchester United since hanging up his boots as he has helped to push through a number of the youth players into the first-team during his tenure as the head of the academy since 2016.
He played an important role in helping the likes of Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Tahith Chong in progressing and developing their own games to a high standard and has seen them given a chance whilst the Red Devils tour Australia as part of their pre-season preparations.
Talking about the new position, Butt said: “Manchester United is in my DNA and this is a very proud moment for me as I take on this new role. I am passionate about nurturing, developing and coaching the talent we have here to become top players at this club.
“Under Ole’s leadership, our vision will ensure that we continue to provide the right environment for our young players to thrive in.”
Fans have taken to Twitter to share their delight to the news and many have been reacting in a positive fashion, with many believing it to be a great move by Manchester United.
Here are just some of their reactions…
Delighted for him.
Nicky Butt is the new head of 1st team development, reporting directly to OGS. He will continue to be a key contributor on all major Academy decisions and will be part of the Technical Board on wider football leadership.#mufc pic.twitter.com/TzoryC3IhV
— Man Utd Fans (@United4fans) July 22, 2019
Really happy Nicky Butt has been promoted to first team, he is behind the amazing young talents been introduced into the academy.
— Robert Henderson (@rrobhenderson) July 22, 2019
@LawTop20 @awhavens I applaud the Nicky Butt appointment. Any way we can modernize our operations with more true football people is a good thing. If we could also add a football person to the transfer side of the club, then we’ll really be talking! https://t.co/ZNYkd9MH1l
— Riley Kirn (@rileykirn) July 22, 2019
— Ⓡ (@utdrobbo) July 22, 2019
Best news new we’ve had so far this summer. Exciting times ahead
— Darrensheppertonni (@Darrenshepperto) July 22, 2019
— MikeUTD (@ArtistGuy78) July 22, 2019
i really like this move, we are moving in the right direction. Butt has been excellent in his previous role and this role further enhances his good work
— Shane Allett (@AllettShane) July 22, 2019
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